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Past Events

Past EventsTuesday, February 25

Thomas Harding Hanns and Rudolf

Thomas Harding
Chair: Anne Sebba

It was only at his great-uncle’s funeral that Thomas Harding learned of his German relative’s extraordinary past. Hanns Alexander, an officer in the British army, was the man who tracked down and helped bring to justice the Commandant of Auschwitz. Harding tells for the first time the story of the capture of Rudolf Höss at the end of World War II by the German-born Jew.  Hanns and Rudolf is an astonishing tale of parallel and intersecting lives. 

Thomas Harding is a journalist who has written for the Sunday Times, Financial Times and the Guardian, among other publications. He co-founded a television station in Oxford, England, and for many years was an award-winning publisher of a newspaper in West Virginia. He lives in Hampshire.

Anne Sebba is a biographer, lecturer, journalist and former Reuters foreign correspondent. She is the Chair of Britain’s 9,000-strong Society of Authors and has written nine critically acclaimed books of non-fiction, mostly about iconic women who enjoyed using power and influence in different ways, including most recently That Woman, the life of Wallis Simpson. She is currently working on a history of Paris between 1939 and 1949 through women’s eyes. www.annesebba.com

Sponsored by Dr Naim Dangoor CBE, Founder of The Exilarch's Foundation.

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